NASCAR

Do Not Doubt Jimmie Johson

by Mike Neff For the last four years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, the mantra has been the same at the start of the Chase: Jimmie Johnson doesn’t have another title in him this season. Or crew chief Chad Knaus is behind the times. Or this will be the closest Chase ever. Or, quite simpl...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Tony Stewart  Difficult to place him anywhere else. Smoke has two consecutive wins and an average finish of fourth over the last four weeks. Lean & mean after shedding the dead weight. 2. Jeff Gordon  Probably had the best car in New Hampshire, but t...

Two'fer Tony Stewart

by Matt Taliaferro Most had written off Tony Stewart as a legitimate 2011 championship contender — including himself, if you believed his words in the midst of a 27th-, ninth- and 28th-place string just six weeks ago. After all, his No. 14 team was winless through NASCAR’s 26-race regular ...

Team Orders in NASCAR

by Tom Bowles NASCAR is a sport defined by individual success. Just one driver and team, not an entire motorsports operation, gets crowned with a series title. But like it or not, team cars working together at NASCAR’s highest level have had subtle impacts on the championship Chase for yea...

NASCAR Horsepower Rankings

by Matt Taliaferro 1. Jimmie Johnson  Looked like the typical Chase race for Johnson ... until he was bit by the fuel bug. Still, how many teams do you know can run out of fuel on the final lap and still finish 10th? 2. Kevin Harvick  True to form, “The Closer” was running do...

Smokin' Start to the Chase

by Matt Taliaferro Just days ago, Tony Stewart called himself an underdog in the Chase for the Championship. Two weeks prior, he wondered aloud whether his No. 14 team even deserved a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. On Monday, Stewart proved he’s no underdog — and he surely belongs in the compa...

NASCAR Chase Preview

by Matt Taliaferro NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship gets rolling this weekend in New Hampshire … no, wait … Chicago. Yeah, that’s right, Chicagoland Speedway. Answer me this: Could the sanctioning body have awarded the date to a track more devoid of character? I get that it’s a facility...

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